Wausau Paper Corp. Third Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Wausau Paper Corp. (NYSE:WPP) will unveil its latest earnings on Monday, October 24, 2011. Wausau Paper manufactures, converts, and sells paper and paper products.

Wausau Paper Corp. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 13 cents per share, a decline of 35% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 14 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 13 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 35.4% versus last year to 31 cents.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company saw profit of 7 cents per share versus a mean estimate of net income of 7 cents per share. This comes after two consecutive quarters of exceeding expectations.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $272.7 million in revenue this quarter, a decline of 0.5% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $1.05 billion for the year, a decline of 0.9% from last year’s revenue of $1.06 billion.

Analyst Ratings: The stock has a mean recommendation of hold.

A Look Back: In the second quarter, profit fell 42% to $3.2 million (7 cents a share) from $5.6 million (11 cents a share) the year earlier, meeting analyst expectations. Revenue rose 0.6% to $267.1 million from $265.6 million.

Key Stats:

Revenue rose in the second quarter after seeing a drop the quarter before. In the first quarter, revenue fell 2.7%.

Competitors to Watch: Neenah Paper, Inc. (NYSE:NP), International Paper Co. (NYSE:IP), Domtar Corp. (NYSE:UFS), P.H. Glatfelter Company (NYSE:GLT), Verso Paper Corp. (NYSE:VRS), Boise Inc. (NYSE:BZ), UPM-Kymmene Corp. (UPMKY), Clearwater Paper Corp (NYSE:CLW), Schweitzer-Mauduit Intl., Inc. (NYSE:SWM), and Sappi Limited (NYSE:SPP).

Stock Price Performance: During August 22, 2011 to October 18, 2011, the stock price had risen $1.46 (24.2%) from $6.04 to $7.50. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between May 2, 2011 and May 13, 2011 when shares rose for 10-straight days, rising 10.5% (+69 cents) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between August 1, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for six-straight days, falling 17.5% (-$1.29) over that span. Shares are down $1 (-11.8%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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